Physical Therapy Assistant

The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), under the direction of the Physical Therapist, assists in restorative, functional and preventative therapeutic programs performed in the I/P and O/P settings, as well as the patient’s home. This includes administration and implementation of the treatment program and participation in discharge planning. 

  • Supports and promotes an environment conducive with the Mission, Vision and Values of the hospital        
  • Performs diagnostic tests, and measurements, such as range-of-motion and manual muscle test, gait and functional analyses, and body parts measurements, then records and evaluates findings to establish individualized treatment program along with ongoing reassessment
  • Performs necessary therapeutic treatments in accordance with the plan of care to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability following disease or injury
  • Supervises and instructs patients in safe and functional mobility skills, fit and use of assistive devices and appropriate therapeutic exercises, modality use and wound/burn care                        
  • Takes an active role communication with the physicians and others on the health care team
  • Provides ongoing assessment of patient status as prescribed by policy and modifies treatment plans based on patient’s response to treatment modalities
  • Participates in discharge planning
  • Prepares clinical and progress notes within the prescribed timeframes
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient, hospital or physician related information
  • Maintain orderly condition of assigned work area
  • Is knowledgeable of general hospital and department specific policies and procedures

Other duties many be assigned and are subject to change with or without prior notice.



  • Graduate of a 2-year college level program approved for the American Physical Therapy Association                                
  • Ability to pass specific competencies for this position
  • Proficient oral and written communication                    
  • 1 year experience preferred
  • Maintains required and approved CEU to maintain licensure

CERTIFICATES, Licenses, Registrations

  • Hold and maintain PTA Illinois Licensure
  • CPR certification
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